COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS

Pottawattamie County Community Foundation Awards $60,040 to Organizations in Largest Impact Grants Funding Cycle to-Date

MAY 28, 2021

In its latest and largest Impact Grants Funding cycle to-date, Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) is pleased to announce its 2021 grant award recipients. After a thorough evaluation process, the PCCF grants committee – a group of county residents and board members – elected to award 40 Community Impact Grants totaling $60,040 to area nonprofit and city organizations, a 10% increase in available grants from the 2020 grant cycle.

PCCF received an impressive 57 grant proposals totaling $218,000 in project requests, with total project budgets combined at an astonishing $8.8 Million, a true testament to the incredible work that is being done in our community.

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WHAT ARE COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS?

Community Grants are available to organizations whose innovative and meaningful work align with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation's mission to improve the lives of all county residents.

Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, governmental entity or church - using the funds for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting PCCF's mission to improve the lives of all residents of Pottawattamie County - is eligible to apply.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
2020 Community Grant applications are due by
11:59 p.m. on March 31.

GRANTING CRITERIA
Projects are selected based on:

  • The project's focus on a specific issue

  • Ability to meet a clear, identifiable need in Pottawattamie County

  • Creativity

  • The operational strength of the application's organization, including project leadership

  • The project's ranking when compared with other applications received during the funding cycle

PCCF'S FUNDING LIMITATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Clinical or medical research

  • Contributions to capital campaigns

  • Organizations that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender, age, or national origin

  • Operating deficits or retirement of debt

  • Annual fund drives

  • Real estate acquisitions

  • Political projects of any kind

HOW ARE APPLICATIONS REVIEWED?
Grant applications are reviewed by staff and an independent panel of reviewers from across the county. Our Board of Directors makes all final funding decisions and awards are announced in late May.

HOW DO YOU SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?
Applications can now be submitted electronically. Please click here to learn about the Community Foundation's Online Grants Center and to begin the application process.

The 2021 pccf community impact grant
application is now closed.

Please note: The Community Impact Grants program is a highly competitive process due to the limited amount of funding each year. Successful applications respond to a demonstrated or emerging community need; support effective, proven or promising solutions; build upon and maximize other community resources; and offer a clear plan for financial sustainability. The Foundation, except under unusual circumstances, does not make grants for deficit financing, fund drives, or fundraising activities. Less consideration may be given to applications from tax supported organizations. Please contact us at info@ourpccf.org if you have further questions.

past community impact grant recipients
2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018